How to File a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim

Note:  Beginning July 1, 2014, California workers may be eligible to receive PFL benefits when taking time off of work to care for a seriously ill parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling. For more information, view Senate Bill 770 (Chapter 350, Statutes of 2013). Claimants filing a PFL claim to care for a newly eligible family member should select the “Other” field and enter the relationship using one of the following: parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling.

File a PFL Claim Online

The Employment Development Department (EDD) automated some key State Disability Insurance (SDI) services to better serve our customers. SDI Online provides customers with electronic and automated options that are simple to use and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SDI Online is convenient and secure. The system reduces claim processing time, provides immediate electronic confirmation of forms submitted, decreases costs in paper and postage, and includes security safeguards to detect and manage fraud and abuse.

For more information, visit the SDI Online page.

File a PFL Claim by Mail

To file a PFL claim by mail, you must complete and submit a Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits form, DE 2501F. To order a claim form online, visit Online Forms and Publications or call 1-877-238-4373 or 1-866-658-8846 (En Español).

Note: A new version of the Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) is available. Effective May 1, 2015, the old version (12-03) will no longer be accepted.

For additional information on how to complete and file a PFL claim form, visit Important PFL Benefit Information and Guide for Completing a Claim Form for PFL Benefits (DE 2475).

See an example of a properly completed Claim for PFL Benefits, DE 2501F.

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